TULSA, Okla. — County Election Board secretaries in 33 counties in Oklahoma conducted a manual audit on of ballots following the June 28 primary in Oklahoma. It’s part of a new effort to make sure the state’s election system is secure.
Election workers audited information from 36 different races. By late Thursday afternoon the Oklahoma State Election Board told Fox23 News preliminary reports show the audit tally came out the same as the certified results.
That’s for all 33 counties that audited information from 36 races. The final results will be posted to the Oklahoma State Election Board website on either Friday or Monday.
Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Gwen Freeman said their audit of two randomly selected races matched the results from election night.
“This particular audit has shown once again that the races that were randomly selected by the state election board came back exactly on the money,” she said, “so we’re very very pleased to announce our audit was exact.”
For the state election board, they randomly select counties and races to audit. While Tulsa County has conducted post-elections of its own, this is the first time they’ve done so for the State Election Board.
This is also the first time the public is invited to come out and observe.
According to Freeman, the Tulsa County Election Board’s post-election audit involved eight election board employees sorting, calling or counting ballots from two races in the June 28th primary. The entire process lasted about 90 minutes.
The two they were asked to audit included absentee mail and early voting results from the race for State Representative, District 11 and election day results from precinct #720227 for the race for the District 14 District Judge.
In 2019, the Oklahoma State Legislature enacted a state statute authorizing the Secretary of the State Election Board to direct county election boards to conduct post-election audits “for the purpose of maintaining the security of the election system by ensuring that voting devices and software used in a particular election correctly tabulated votes.”
In Rogers County, meanwhile, Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said their audit of the assessors’ race for precinct one also matched their race day results exactly.
Paul Ziriax, Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board said the results of the statewide are promising earlier in the afternoon:
“So far out of the 33 counties, almost all of them are finished, and all of the initial reports are that the results are being confirmed across the state.”
To read more about the final results of the post-election audit, you can check their website.
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